The drive-in movie phenomenon gets a modern edge. Dine al fresco at your favorite restaurant under Larimer Square's canopy of lights, and watch Caddyshack at sunset. Choose an eatery and call to reserve outdoor seating. Thu 5 p.m.
Bring the gardens home with you during this evening painting session. Instructor Judith Scott will help you create your own piece based on a botanical subject. The Gardens will provide the materials, but don't forget your own snacks and drinks. Thu 5:30-8 p.m.
Experience Robert Schenkein’s photography. The Colorado artist has spent decades experimenting with non-conventional textural techniques, which create a dynamic, almost 3-D feel in his work. Days, times vary.
—Image courtesy of Robert Schenkein
John Scofield spent years touring with jazz greats like Miles Davis and Joe Henderson. Now, he's a highly respected jazz guitarist in his own right. His latest release, Uberjam, takes jamming out to new heights. Thu 8 p.m.
Bring your backyard skills to Cherry Creek for this single-elimination croquet competition. Teams vie for the silver cup—and nods for best dressed, best hat, and best wicked shot. It's sure to be a fun day outside even for spectators; their tickets include two drink tickets and a goody bag. Also enjoy tastes from neighboring restaurants. Fri 2-9 p.m.
Bibliophiles will delight at this two-day celebration of all things paper. Browse among rare first edition books, signed copies, art prints, western Americana memorabilia, and postcards. Collectors: Attend workshops and panels on preserving rare books and paper. Fri 5-9 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Relax your body and mind at this weekend retreat. Yoga and meditation instructor Kelly Larson will lead sessions on improving hip flexibility, relieving back pain, and loosening tense shoulders. Fri 6-9 p.m.; Sat noon-7 p.m.; Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Dress up in your favorite cocktail attire for a glitzy evening. The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver's Sabor event features spirits, beer, wine, and signature food from more than 60 of Denver's top eateries. Fri 6-9 p.m.
Locally prepared seasonal fare and live music lead up to this fund-raiser’s climax: a chance to win a weekend in Vail, hosted by James Beard Award-nominated chef Kelly Liken and complete with luxury accommodations and ample haute cuisine. Arrive at the Mayo Aviation Hangar with your bags packed—contest winners will immediately leave for Vail via limousine. The event benefits the SaddleUp! Foundation, which provides equestrian therapy to individuals with disabilities. Fri 6-10 p.m.
Jordan Canjar creates paintings, ink splotches, and chalk drawings that have a magical and surreal vibe. As an artist with schizophrenia, Canjar uses his condition as part of his artistic process. Fri-10 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.
Support teen playwrights as they showcase their creativity through a series of short plays. The students paired with nationally recognized directors, performers, and fellow dramatists to produce the two-night celebration of young talent. Fri-Sat 7 p.m.
This Canadian rock band's 20th studio album, Clockwork Angels, has earned rapturous accolades since its release last year. In April, Rush was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after more than 40 years of thrilling audiences. Fri 7:30 p.m.
As a strong-willed woman drives her mother across the country for her brother's wedding, the pair is joined by the bride-to-be. Chaos quickly ensues during the wildly hilarious road trip as the trio races to the altar. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Aristophanes' ancient Greek comedy about the women of Athens withholding sex to end a war gets a 21st century update. This musical version trades warriors for high school basketball players and casts the women as cheerleaders. To prompt their jock boyfriends to finally win a game, the girls play hard to get. Will it work? Making its regional premiere, this production promises an upbeat pop score and plenty of sideline flips and tricks. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.
This musical collected four Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize nominaiton. Spend three days in the lives of a close-knit community of Dominican-Americans in New York City's Washington Heights neighborhood. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.
Stretch out and recharge amid the towering sandstone pinnacles of Red Rocks. Presented by CorePower Yoga, this instructor-led class is the perfect tonic for a long work week. Sat 7-8 a.m.
This may be the Color Run's first 5K on snow-packed trails, but runners will still be doused in neon powder. Sat 1 p.m.
A variety of cool reptiles—including some endangered ones—will be in tow for families to view and, possibly, take home. Thinking of breeding some scaly creatures? Specialized breeders will be available to give advice. Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Only around 100 sheep dairy farms remain in the United States. In Colorado, we have Fruition Farms. Discover what goes into making cheese during a hands-on demonstration by co-owner Jimmy Warren. After seeing the entire process, from milk collection on, tasting the farm-fresh ricotta will be an even sweeter end note. Tip: These demos often sell out.
Sip craft beer from Left Hand Brewing Company while enjoying all-star cover bands during the family-friendly Mile High Tribute Band Competition. Bands include Dreamboat Annie, Tookus, and returning champs, Hey, Lady!, covering anyone from Heart to the Allman Brothers to the B-52s. Proceeds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Sat noon-5 p.m.
Help raise funds for the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver. At this annual festival, six Colorado wineries—including Bonacquisti Wine Company and Avanti Winery—pair their best varietals with local chefs’ culinary creations. Also, don’t miss live music, cooking demos, and a silent auction. Sat 2-7 p.m.
Can't wait for the September Telluride Blues & Brew Festival? You don't have to. Catch blues legend Otis Taylor and his roadhouse-style "trance blues" ahead of the fest. Local singer Robby Peoples opens the show with his bluesy vocals. Sat 7:30-11 p.m.
A recent inductee into the Comedy Hall of Fame, Paula Poundstone gets fans in on the jokes. Expect digs at audience members and quick-thinking quips, all between sips of the comedian's signature Diet Coke. Sat 8 p.m.
Home is where the heart is. Create a personal wood-panel painting or a functional-yet-decorative chalkboard piece with your favorite saying on it. Get hands-on with reupholstering or create your own home-photography project. Class wraps up with a cocktail, then join the supper table for a meal fresh from the farm. Sun 8:45 a.m.–9 p.m.
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of one of Colorado's most popular breweries. Your ticket lands you six beers, a share of a hefty barbecue spread, and live music from the Matt Flaherty Band and Roots & Rhythm live. Tickets are pre-sale only. Sun noon-5 p.m.
Philanthropy meets fine dining at this fundraiser for the National Sports Center for the Disabled. Listen to live music from the Colorado Symphony while you sample food prepared by local chefs and peruse a silent auction. Sun 3-6 p.m.
Henry Butler harks back to the classic New Orleans jazz piano tradition, recalling icons like Jelly Roll Morton and Tuts Washngton. Blind since infancy, Butler has been earning acclaim since his first release in 1986. Sun 6-8 p.m.
Get a double dose of nostalgia. Pat Benatar was one of the ’80s biggest pop-rock stars, thanks to her now-classic hits "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" and "Love is a Battlefield." Bonus: Benatar is joined by her husband, Neil Giraldo, producer of myriad chart-topping singles. Sun 6:30 p.m.
The Gipsy Kings brandish Spanish guitars to create pop-oriented melodies infused with rumba catalana. The seven-piece band's debut album spent 40 weeks on U.S. charts in 1993—a rarity for a Spanish-language album. Mon 7 p.m.
Crooner Bruno Mars has dominated the R&B/pop world for the past three years. With just two albums under his belt, he’s produced a string of megahits (admit it: you know all the words to “Locked Out of Heaven” and “Just The Way You Are”) and nabbed a Grammy. His opener, British electro-pop star Ellie Goulding, has an equally impressive track record, famously including a gig at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding. Mon-Tue 7:30 p.m.
This 1960s pop group has had an on-again, off-again relationship. Following four breakups and now five revivals, the band now tours again singing international hits. Expect favorites like "Daydream Believer" and "I'm a Believer." Mon 8 p.m.
Dine and imbibe during this annual culinary tour. Get a taste of the Ballpark neighborhood's food and drink scene with popular pit stops ranging from Trillium and Twelve to the Lobby and Great Divide Brewing Company. Pick up your “passport” at either Amerigo Delicatus or ViewHouse Eatery, Bar & Rooftop to begin. Thu 5:30-8:30 p.m.
The staff and performers on a Mississippi theater show boat, the Cotton Blosson, are the subjects of this classic American musical. The play—set in the 1880s through the 1920s—tackles racial prejudice, the turn of a century, and enduring love. Tue-Sun, times vary.
Calling all theater buffs for an acting extravaganza. Immerse yourself in the Denver arts scene with 10 productions by local theater companies. Between performances, enjoy a silent auction, workshops, and an acting competition. The event is organized by the Colorado Community Theater Coalition. Wed-Sat, times vary.
Members of the Colorado Rapids bolster an evening of foreign culinary sampling. Try food, beer, and wine from around the world during this benefit for Kroenke Sports Charities, which supports Colorado children and families. Wed 6-9 p.m.
Trade your keyboard for a cheese board. More than 100 food artisans, wineries, breweries, distilleries, and epicurean purveyors come together for an unparalleled weekend on the mountaintop. Outdoor seminars incorporate hiking and biking adventures, while tastings and cooking demonstrations encourage educational indulgence. Wed 6 p.m.-Sun 2 p.m.
These Parisian rockers are on a stateside tour to promote their new album, Bankrupt! The group that brought us "Lisztomania" jams after the openers, indie-rock stalwarts Dinosaur Jr.—formed in 1984 and reassembled in 2005. Wed 8 p.m.
This exhibit features the area's best doodlers. Original drawings on paper, sketchbooks, and other similar materials will be displayed during the month-long exhibition, which kicks off with an opening reception on August 9. Dates, times vary.
Who said animated films were just for kids? This four-day festival features 11 movies (ranging from 12-minute shorts to two-hour features) from eight countries.
Locals and world-class competitors race head-to-head in either a 750- or 1500-meter swim in the Boulder Reservoir. An optional 5K run immediately follows the swim, and a generous spread of food waits all at the finish. Thu 6 p.m.
This festival gives audiences intimat access to small classical ensembles. Hearing classical music the way it would have been heard hundreds of years ago, listeners join players in regal settings, getting so close they may feel the floor vibrate with each movement. Days, times vary.
This competition takes the phrase “edible art” to a whole new level. In 45 minutes, five teams—a local culinary talent paired with a top design professional, plus one student duo—will use the same ingredients to create a gastronomic masterpiece that represents their assigned applicance. Tickets include appetizers, cocktails, and a sampling of the finished products. The event benefits We Don't Waste, a Denver organization that distributes food to in-need populations. Thu 6-9 p.m.
The burger has graduated from backyard barbecue staple to serious haute cuisine. Join 12 of Denver’s top burger maestros—from Linger, Highland Tap & Burger, and TAG Burger Bar, among others—as they try to flip, flame, and char-broil their way to victory during this charity competition. Nosh on unlimited samples of each chef’s creation (paired with local craft beers and wines), then vote for your favorite. Thu 6-9:30 p.m.
Steely Dan has been playing complex jazz-infused rock and pop since 1972. In recent years, the group has been focusing on touring and performing live to sold-out audiences. Thu 7:30 p.m.
Between the red-rock walls, ancient petroglyphs, and stargazing, this 31-mile, three-day canoe paddle is not to be missed. In the evenings, camp by the river and watch the brilliant Perseid meteor showers with astronomer Dimitri Klebe of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. All day Fri-Sun.
Statues of all sizes speckle the landscape during this massive annual gathering. The well-curated roster includes dozens of artists from all over the country. Peruse the sea of sculptures, with works made from materials as varied as bronze, glass, and stone. You may just leave with a new conversation piece perfect for your living room. Bonus: Proceeds support public art and art education in Loveland. Fri 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Woody Allen’s newest film tells the story of Jasmine, a New York socialite who moves in with her sister after her marriage collapses in the wake of financial scandal. Starring Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin. Fri-Thu, times vary.
Enjoy traditional county fair events like blue-ribbon competitions and food-vendor treats. Check out the Denver history exhibit, doggie sporting events, and an indoor playground for kids. Fri noon-8 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
This popular mountain getaway isn’t kidding around. With tapas, vino, hikes, a farm-to-table feast, and a visit to a private wine garden, you’ll wonder if you’re truly in Beaver Creek or climbing the stairway to culinary heaven. Fri 3-10 p.m.; Sat 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Two of Denver's hallmarks—pork belly and craft beer—highlight this evening of gastronomic indulgence. Watch as the pros from Oskar Blues Brewery show you how to pair beer with food (five courses, to be exact). Fri 6-9:30 p.m.
Before Diego-Rodriguez Warner’s Perilism opens to the public, sit down for a four-course meal with the artist. During a champange reception, Warner will discuss his work; then, you'll join him for a dinner of avocado and crab salad, Colorado bass, and more. The innovative young artist, born to an unlikely pair (a Nicaraguan Marxist father and Coloradan Quaker mother), explores the uncivilized, violent reality that exists within our enlightened civilization in his latest exhibition.
Known for his sarcastic, self-deprecating style, comedian Brian Regan brings a clean and clever vibe to the comedy stage. Stand-up fans of all ages will appreciate his ability to turn the most mundane situations into an opportunity for laughter. Fri 8 p.m.
Don't expect an average night at the rock club during this homegrown evening of crowdsourced artistry. Denver orchestral-pop outfit Princess Music, led by songwriter and composer Tyler Ludwick, is composed of five musicians who play with various chamber orchestras. For their album release show—the culmination of a successful Kickstartercampaign—the band will be joined by the 17-piece Odobenidae Chamber Orchestra.
Cyclists take a scenic and challenging 106-mile century ride through and around Front Range landmarks and mountain towns. The total elevation gain for this route is approximately 10,000 feet and includes a climb up Squaw Pass. Sat 6 a.m.
Cycle from Denver to Winter Park along one of Colorado's most scenic routes. Starting at City Park, you'll trek past Lookout Mountain, past Boettcher Mansion and Buffalo Herd overlook, and up Squaw Pass to Echo Lake. This social ride is 96 miles long and gains 10,117 vertical feet. Sat 7 a.m.
Get on your bike and help commemorate cancer survivors. This inspirational ride benefits local cancer-related groups, including the Boulder Community Hospital Center for Integrative Care and the George Karl Foundation. Choose a route for your skill level—the 69-mile mountain loop, the more moderate 24-mile jaunt through farmland, or the kids' one-mile lap—then refuel with food and live music. Sat, times vary.
Looking for one last thrill before the kids head back to school? This adventure race encourages teamwork as your child and a partner hike, tube, mountain bike, zip line, and slip-and-slide their way through the wilderness. Sat-Sun 8 a.m.
This 5K is half foot race, half paint party. Runners are blasted with neon paint along the course, which ends in a blacklight-illuminated after-party. Stick around for the post-race concert. Sat 8 p.m.
A taste of highland culture descends on Colorado for the 50th annual Scottish Festival. Listen to live Scottish music, watch Highlands dance and athletic competitions, and try Scotland's infamous national dish, haggis. Sat 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Grab your camera for professional photography instruction both in the classroom and the field. This event includes a symposium on Saturday and workshops on Sunday. Bonus: Take a guided trip to photo-worthy Rocky Mountain National Park Tuesday through Thursday for an additional fee. Sat-Thu, times vary.
Six hundred paintings—all created en plein air—were entered into this show, and that list has been narrowed down to 180 by a jury. Head to the opening recepton on August 10 to find out the winners, but you can view all of the art for three weeks. Tues-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
For the past eight years, Estes Park has shared its rich history during its annual heritage festival. This year, expect a petting zoo and rides in a horse-drawn carriage and wagon. Don't miss informative skits and speakers. Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
In this race, being mentally sharp is more important that being physically fit. Teams of two to four people solve clues and face challenges while navigating Denver via foot and bus. Sat 11:30 a.m.
Nothing says “Colorado” quite like brews, views, and live music. This unlimited beer tasting offers samples from 27 microbreweries, such as New Belgium Brewing Company, Odell Brewing Company, and Oskar Blues Brewery. Don’t miss a performance by Dickey Betts and the Groove Hawgs. Sat noon-5 p.m.
This outdoor event is the perfect place to grab a beer and listen to blues music under a tree-lined street. Two local favorites performing at this summertime festival are Bad Brad & the Fat Cats and Mac Arnold. Sat 1-10 p.m.
According to the American Cancer Society, more than 76,000 people are expected to be diagnosed with melanoma this year. Recognizing a need for melanoma research and localized funding in Denver, Dr. Tyler Vukmer founded the Colorado Melanoma Foundation.
Cheer on the United States women's rugby team during the Women's Nations Cup. They'll duke it out with Canada, England, and South America—all leading up to the championship match later in the evening. Sat 4 p.m.
Ponder themes of mortality and loneliness during a locally produced iteration of this critically acclaimed dark comedy. A self-help professional and a tollbooth operator decide to end their lives together in Las Vegas, meeting complications along the way. Sat 4 p.m.; Sun 4 p.m., 6 p.m.
Observe the breadth of chef talent throughout the Cherry Creek North dining scene firsthand. Sip away, sample gourmet eats, and for an interactive experience, attend classes and tastings. Sat 6-10 p.m.
Twist to Pancho Sanchez and his Latin jazz band on the dance floor as you sip fine wines and peruse gourmet fare from 17 restaurants. Sat 6-10 p.m.
Help raise funds for the Red Apple Fund for Life-Long Learning, which supports the zoo's educational programs. Grab some ice cream as you hang at the zoo’s Northern Shores playground, watch animal demonstrations, and take free rides on the carousel and train. Tickets will not be available at the door, so get them in advance. Sat 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
Celebrate the life of this actor and artist with a special screening of Kiki’s Delivery Service, which tells the story of a young witch discovering her magical talent. Before the show, Hartman's brothers will join the crowd via Skype to discuss the late comedian's legacy. Sat 7 p.m.
Look to the stars for the yearly Perseid meteor shower. The Arkansas Astronomical Society will have telescopes available and be on-site to assist with observing the night sky. The North Shore Amphitheater offers a spectacularly clear view for shower gazing. Sat 8-10 p.m.
Each year, 20,000 Coloradans are diagnosed with cancer. This stair-climbing event aims to raise funds and awareness for cancer organizations. A “stairless” course is available for those unable to—or who would rather not tackle—the 33 rows of steps. Sun 6:30 a.m.
Be active for a good cause. Kids will swim laps in the rec center and then head to Winter Park's trails for the biking and running portions. Distances vary by age. All proceeds will be donated to the Fraser Valley Recreation foundation for youth scholarships. Sun 8:30 a.m.-noon.
Hit the streets of Denver with bikers, walkers, runners, and dancers at this third annual event. With blocks of car-free streets, Viva Streets brings the city together to celebrate and promote the active Colorado lifestyle with a parade, healthy food, yoga, and face painting. Sun 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Featuring acoustic, rock, blues, and country acts, this fest can please just about every musical palate. Four winners of the Rocky Mountain Battle of the Bands are in the lineup, and Grammy winner LeAnn Rimes headlines. Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Jukebox hero Mick Jones still leads this bluesy rock band after 37 years of cold-as-ice hits. Sing along to old favorites or watch as a new generatoin of fans discovers them. Sun 6:30 p.m.
Tim DeLaughter often dreamt about symphonic pop rock with melodic vocals and triumphant instrumentation. But it wasn't until 2000, when the Polyphonic Spree formed, that fans got a taste of it, too. Earlier this month, this 20-person band released Yes, It's True, another upbeat, psychedelic album to add to its canon. Sun 8 p.m.
Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter serenades listeners with help from his backup troupe, the Royal City Band. Among the flowers of the Botanic Gardens with acoustic songs from his new album The Beast in Its Track. Harmonious folk rockers the Milk Carton Kids open. Mon 7 p.m.
It's the U.S. versus Europe in this biennial golfing tournament that combines the prestige of the game with the passion for one's own country. Team USA leads the competition record, 8-4, while Europe won the last round in 2011. Tue-Sun 7 a.m.-7:45 p.m.
Watch Boulder-based wedding dress designer Maggie Evans create an original bridal gown from start to finish. During the creative process, observers can write thoughts on the garment, helping to shape to the final design, which will be showcased in a fashion show on August 17. Bonus: Attend a sewing workshop on August 14. Tue-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Concentrate on breathing techniques as you glide through an hourlong Vinyasa yoga class led by Blake Burger. Afterward, unwind with a bottle of wine, picnic dinner, and live music. Tue, Thu 6-8 p.m.
Bird enthusiast Mike Foster leads the flock in a series of courses, where participants learn techniques on identifying different species of birds. The course features three classes and three weekend hikes to exercise your newly learned skills. Tue 6-8 p.m.; Sat 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Enjoy this classic British comedy tale of horror and music amidst the sun-warmed stones of Red Rocks. Get there early to hear live music by the band School of Rock. Tue 6:50 p.m.
Follow three generations of custom car experts in director Brian Darwas’ documentary. The Long Beach Cavaliers recount their glory days of driving classic cars and hot rods in historic Lynwood, California. Tue 8 p.m.
Arise Music Festival is making its debut. Set on the 68-year old organic Sunrise Ranch Retreat in Loveland, Arise will bring festivalgoers together for music, art, yoga, meditation, and even interactive human sculpture displays. Wed-Sun, times vary.
Poetic, rhapsodic, and hypnotic this alt-rock band builds a house of melody on a solid rock foundation. The Northern Colorado troupe released its latest album, the Maestro and the Elephant, last winter and was voted best band in Fort Collins by CSU students. Wed 5 p.m.
When Charles Counter creates art, he asks himself, "What is synthetic? What is real?" By altering tree branches and changing their colors, he makes sculptures. The CU History Museum exhibition designer will display his work until November, and on August 14, he will lead an artist talk at the Gardens. Daily 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Step into the tropical rainforest for this multicourse tasting event. Try food prepared by chef Jeff Bolton of Kachina Southwestern Grill and handcrafted beers that are sure to complement this extravagant sunset stroll. Wed 6 p.m.
Artists from near and far descend on Steamboat Springs to showcase work in all media, including visual, culinary, literary, and musical art. Don't miss vendors at the Yampa River Art Stroll, classes and workshops, and concerts—including headliner Lyle Lovett. Thu-Sun, times vary.
Make room for three great new pieces in your art collection. CSArt shareholders (buy a share online to join) will get a trio of pieces, all locally made, and a chance to chat with the artists. You won’t get to choose your art, but the surprise allows artists to experiment and grow. Thu 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Head to the roof of the Sie FilmCenter for this elevated block party. Hosted by the Denver Film Society, the celebration is complete with live music, comedy, food, and drink. Fri 6-10 p.m.
Fashion and fine art converge for this style-savvy event. Local designer Stephanie Ohnmacht gathered inspiration from Clyfford Still's renowned abstract paintings to create elegant fabrics for her Spring 2014 collection. See the line's debut during a fashion show as you enjoy drinks and appetizers. Thu 6:30-9 p.m.
California winemakers Don and Jennifer Hartford host this multicourse feast. A decadent menu complements their personality-rich wines from the heart of Sonoma County. Their specialities—Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Old Vine Zin—complement pairings like scallops and sirloin. Thu 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Before he was the boy who never grew up, Peter Pan was just “Boy,” a nameless orphan who had never even seen the sun. He embarks on a seaborne voyage that leads him into a world of shady pirates and introduces him to a team of starcatchers, sailors working to transport a trove of magical goodies. More than 100 characters help tell the song-spiked Peter Pan prequel—with a cast of only 12 actors. Check out the five-time Tony Award-winning play when it kicks off its national tour from Denver. Tue-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
How far would you go to protect your family’s honor? Based on the Greek play Antigone, this production is set in a dystopian future where the government watches the public’s every move. One girl will rise up against this tyranny to honor the memory of her loved ones, defying her king and country along the way. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.
Scripted actors and improv comedians join forces for this unpredictable comedy. After actors from Legit Players perform a scene, one character is replaced by a member of the Dishwasher Blondes improv troupe. The scene is replayed with hilarious results. Wed-Sat 7:30-9 p.m.
Former Chappelle's Show cast member Charlie Murphy brings his rib-cracking brand of comedy to the stage. His stand-up special, I Will Not Apologize, was a Comedy Central fan favorite. Thu-Fri 8 p.m.; Sat 7:30 p.m., 9:45 p.m.
Theron Humphrey got a crazy notion in his head: to travel more than 65,000 miles across all 50 states, meet someone new every day for a year, and record all of their stories. This Wild Idea is the resulting collection of photographs and oral histories that documents the rich and beautiful lives of regular people, from a Walmart employee in Nebraska to an amateur boxer from Texas. It's a poignant reminder that we all have stories to tell—and maybe it's time we asked someone to share theirs with us. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Savor the waning days of summer with the relaxing harmonies of the 23rd annual Rocky Mountain Folk Festival. Lyons (a small town outside of Boulder once referred to as the "Nashville of the Rockies") is the perfect backdrop for music from Nathaniel Rateliff, the John Butler Trio, Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy, and more.
Don't miss one of the most critically acclaimed indie films of the year. The Spectacular Now—a coming of age film about a high school student who recently got dumped—received rave reviews at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Fri-Thu, times vary.
Many of us have seen the killer whale "attractions" at SeaWorld, where the beautiful creatures display calculated moves to thrill the audience. But one performing whale, Tilikum, has killed several people while in captivity. This documentary examines the dark side of the killer whale, the animals' complex relationship with humans, and tries to understand why captivity has turned them from gentle to terrifying. Days, times vary.
—Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures, Suzanne Allee
Look into the mind of a mass murderer. This harrowing documentary explores the genocide of hundreds of thousands of communists in Indonesia by death squads, whose leader is now considered a national hero. Fri-Thu, times vary.
Retreat to the mountains with fellow craft beer enthusiasts. Todd Usry, head brewmaster at Breckenridge Brewery, and chefs from Atwater on Gore Creek will prepare a multicourse dinner Saturday evening. Each plate wll be thoughtfully paired with one of Usry's brews. Fri 4-7 p.m.; Sat 6-8 p.m.
This three-day festival will feature more than 100 artists specializing in painting, photography, glass, wood, metal jewelry, pottery, and more. Bonus: O’Brien Park offers the perfect setting for a summer viewing of some of the area’s best artists and their work. Fri 4-7 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Three seasoned local artists collaborated to create a cohesive yet individualistic series of artwork. Although the finished product won't be unveiled until March, attend this preview night to see the artists’ solo work and footage of the team working on the joint project. Fri 5-9 p.m.
All about buying local food and supporting local businesses? Try local music, too. At this annual festival more than 70 Colorado bands will perform. Covering everything from blues to reggae, this festival is sure to have something to please everyone. Fri-Sun, times vary.
Craft brews complement signature dishes from across the city during this wild night of festivities. Be sure to peruse the art galleries, and dance the night away. Fri 6-10 p.m.
When Jubilee runs off and gets married, her disgusted father kicks her out and turns her picture to the wall. This melodramatic comedy picks up one year later, as the family deals with a villain trying to take over their hotel and Jubilee returns widowed—and with a baby. Fri 7 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m., 7 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Fort Collin native Pretty Lights spins glitchy hip-hop beats and stitched-together samples for two nights made for partying and dancing. Hip-hop's Talib Kweli and Blue Sky Black Death join him on Friday only. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.
Catch up on the classics with some of Ovid’s most familiar stories. This performance features nine intertwined tales from ancient Greek and Roman mythology. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:00 p.m.
Make your summer send-off festivities count. At this celebration, take in Denver’s best craft beer, distilled spirits, cocktails, and tasty bites. Vendors include Downslope Distilling, Peach Street Distillers, Denver Beer Co., Humble Pie, and Illegal Pete's, among others. Fri 8 p.m.-midnight.
Help the nearly 26 million Americans living with diabetes during this no-pressure bike ride, which aims to raise funds and awareness for the American Diabetes Association. Your start time depends on your distance—opt for the family-friendly 24K, or work those quads during the 50K, 100K, or 100-mile century ride. Sat, times vary.
Gear up for a cool car day presented by the Highlands Ranch Community Association. Kids can hop in fire engines, police cars, construction trucks, military vehicles, and more to learn what makes them go. Youngsters will also have a chance to talk to the personnel that uses the machines everyday. Sat 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
As you run jog kilometers, spectators bombard you with colorful "paint" during this fun run. At the end, runners' pearly white T-shirts will look more like a rainbow than a racer's uniform. Sat. 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Relive a time when Colorado was the train mecca connecting the East to the West. Youngsters can climb aboard choo choos for tour rides and demonstrations on old-time equipment. As they take a trip into rich Colorado history, they'll learn how steam engines and old trackers were operated. Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
At this buyer’s-market fest, you can view and judge nine artistic categories. Look out for Mary Staby, the 2013 Featured Artist who has a knack for painted photos. Bonus: The little ones can create their own mastepieces at the Kids Art Zone. Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Celebrate animals great and small during this pet-friendly extravaganza. Browse pet-products, learn about microchipping, or adopt a new furry friend. Owners can enter their animals in a dog agility contest, costume contest, or talent show. Proof of a rabies vaccination is required for four-legged attendees. Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
During this monthly event, family members go from room to room, working on a different art project in each. Families can take home their projects and either stay the whole time or come and go as they please. Children as young as two can participate. Sat 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Chipotle aims to bridge the gap between farmer and consumer with this festival. Watch local chefs, like Frasca Food and Wine’s Lachlan Mackinnon Patterson, plate ethical cuisine—which you can taste—to the tunes of live indie-rock bands. Sat 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Think Farmer’s Market but add plenty of wine. Spend a relaxing afternoon tasting varietals from all across the Front Range and Western Slope. Delicious food, artisan and lifestyle vendors, and live music add to the outdoor experience. Sat noon-5 p.m.
Culinary luminaries come together to help end childhood hunger. Twelve Restaurant, Infinite Monkey Theorem, and Vesta Dipping Grill are just a few of the participants. In addition to tasty samples, enjoy carnival games, a farmers’ market, cooking demos, and live music. Sat noon-5 p.m.
This inaugural festival showcases some of Colorado’s premier culinary gems. Breweries—including Odell Brewing Company—local restaurants, and food trucks dish up fare alongside vendors from specialty shops. Watch the Serevi Rugbytown Sevens Tournament for some quality entertainment while you imbibe. Sat 3-8 p.m.
Featured eats from Highland staples, such as Coral Room, Pinche Taqueria, and Sushi Hai, complement an eclectic wine and beer garden. Enjoy live music and samplings from neighborhood specialty shops at this family-friendly event. Sat 3-8 p.m.
No food truck or brewery is left behind at this popular annual event. Vendors include the ever popular Great Divide Brewing Co., Oskar Blues Brewery, and Waffle Cakes—to name a few. Sprawl out on one of Denver's best green spaces to enjoy live music. Sat 4-8 p.m.
This performance by the Emerald City Opera boasts an eclectic repertoire. Hear anything from from Mozart to Webber to a 50th anniversary tribute to James Bond. Bonus: Catch beautiful views, arts, and on-site chefs preparing their signature dishes. Sat 7 p.m.
Dancers from the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble combine classic moves with new works during this modern dance showcase. The recital includes excerpts from Dreamcatchers: The Untold Stories of the Americas—a routine choreographed by Robinson—which combines dance, music, and the spoken word. Sat 8 p.m.
Debunk myths about the gluten-free lifestyle at this educational expo. Vendors include Udi's Gluten Free Foods, Rudi's Gluten Free Bakery, and the less-expected Beau Jo's Colorado Style Pizza. Attend to see what quelling your daily grain intake can do for you. Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Watch Claire journey deep into her imagination—a colorful jungle where her stuffed animals magically come to life. Fun, upbeat jazz music scores this play, which is best enjoyed by joining in with the singing and dancing. The original original album the show is based on garnered a Grammy nomination and a Gold Award from the Parents’ Choice Foundation. Sun 3 p.m.
Relive your love of rock and roll, feathered hair, and some of the greatest power ballads of all time. Styx, one of the top bands of the ’80s, is coming to Denver with hits like "Come Sail Away" and "Mr. Roboto." Sun 6:30 p.m.
Peter Frampton and B.B. King are joining forces. Their tour will hit Red Rocks with a display of six-string acrobatics, sure to be the Holy Grail for any guitar fan. Tue 7 p.m.
Join staff, friends, and donors of Mount Saint Vincent treatment center for a family-friendly evening of dinner and wild animals at the zoo. Proceeds will benefit children recovering from abuse and neglect. Fri 6:30 p.m.
Fun, the trio behind radio anthems "We Are Young" and "Some Nights," promises a boisterous night of rock. Bonus: Identical twin sisters Tegan and Sara will prime the crowd with dancey, New Wave synth-pop. Thu 8 p.m.
Go green with Ray Tomasso, who unites fine art with environmentally friendly products. His works are created from recycled, biodegradable, and renewable plant fibers, which he then transforms using European hand-papermaking techniques. View 12 large, multidimensional works at this exhibit. Thu noon-5 p.m.; Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sat noon-5 p.m.
By rusting and burning “architecturally-inspired textile installations,” Regina Benson juxtaposes the erosion of the natural world with the eventual demise of all things. Ponder humans’ inevitable fate as you view the works and attend an opening reception on August 23. Thu-Sat, times vary.
This three-day tasting event fuses the Inventing Room's unique entertaining techniques with the decorated food and beverage menu at Teatulia Organic Teas. Chef Ian Kleinman will let you try his after-dinner treats, starting with his truffles famously made with liquid nitrogen. Thu-Sat 5-10 p.m.
Keep the summer fun going while you still can. Grab a drink as you listen to music and get your adrenaline fix on unlimited rides at Denver’s historic Lakeside Amusement Park. The third annual event supports the Denver Film Society. Sat 6 p.m.
Watch chef Lon Symensma and his ChoLon crew transform their LoDo eatery into a Southeast Asian food court. Modernized cuisine and cocktails will abound, inspired by recipes discovered on the team's recent culinary excursion to the region. Thu 6-10 p.m.
Comedian and hypnotist Rusty Z headlines this annual fund-raiser for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers. Grab some appetizers and a drink as you watch the hypnotist cast a hilarious spell on audience members. Be sure to purchase tickets in advance. 21+. Thu 6:30-10 p.m.
With acts ranging from electronica to funk, this end of summer celebration will keep you energized all night. Be sure to check out the headliner, Lance Herbstrong, who layer rock and reggae into a funky mix. Thu 7 p.m.-Fri 2 a.m.
Folk music and mountains go so well together. See for yourself during this evening with folk darling, Shawn Colvin. The Grammy Award-winning artist has been wooing fans since the early ’90s with hits like “Sunny Came Home.” Thu 8 p.m.
It’s Colorado’s end-of-summer tradition: the Colorado State Fair. In between the rodeos, take a spin on carnival rides and indulge in all the fair food you only allow yourself to eat once a year. Mon-Thu noon-11 p.m., Fri-Sun 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
We’ve all heard those stirring voices dramatically narrating movie trailers. This Sundance Film Festival favorite explores the saga behind one of those voices when a woman follows in her father’s footsteps to become the next big thing in the voice-over industry. Fri-Tue, times vary.
For Coloradans, biking is a way of life. But it’s not quite as easy in Rwanda. This acclaimed documentary follows Tour de France veteran Jock Boyer as he helps the beleaguered Rwandan National Cycling Team train for and compete in the 2012 Olympics in London. Fri-Thu, times vary.
Summer is ending and so is this popular rooftop beer garden series. Join fellow beer fans for the last installment, where you can enjoy exotic brews on tap, a chef-attended grill station, and live music from Rapid Grass Bluegrass Band. Fri 5-9 p.m.
One of the nation's most celebrated crops is getting some special recognition. A variety of entertainment appeals to all ages; and there will be plenty of corn-inspired dishes to go around. Don't miss the Loveland's Got Talent Competition, parade, and corn shucking competition. Fri 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m-8 p.m.
Help Museo de las Americas continue to shine light on Denver's Latin art and music scene. This benefit includes a silent auction and culminates in a performance by La Santa Cecilia, a Latin American fusion band. Fri 5:30 p.m.
Celebrate the art in nature with a flower-filled evening of dinner and dancing, set amid the garden’s sculptural exhibit. Proceeds from the black-tie gala will benefit the Gardens' Annual Fund. Fri 6 p.m.-midnight
Enter a state of peace with this collection of sacred Buddhist relics, including eight statues donated by the Dalai Lama. Take part in a blessing ceremony, or admire the life-size gold statue of the Maitreya Buddha at the center of the exhibit. Fri 6-8 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Searching for that perfect piece of kitsch for your living room? Look no further. More than 50 local and national vendors convene under one roof to showcase retro furniture, home decor, artwork, fashion, and other vintage collectibles. Fri 6-10 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Coloradans are better known for accessorizing with a CamelBak and hiking boots than cutting-edge couture. But we clean up nicely—and you’ll need to for this fashion-forward fund-raiser. Models will showcase emerging American designers as they strutting down a 150-foot outdoor runway before Grammy-nominated R&B/dance singer Deborah Cox takes the stage. After the show, head inside for drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and dancing. The evening benefits Urban Peak, a local nonprofit that aids homeless youth. Fri 6-11 p.m.
During another one of the group's famous summerlong tours, grove to the Dave Matthews Band will play its familiar brand of rock. Rapper and recent regae convert Snoop Lion (you know him as Snoop Dogg) opens. Sat 7 p.m.
Keep the summer alive in your best white dress or white slacks, sipping cocktails and jamming to live music under the stars. Join the Urban League of Metro Denver as they raise funds for job training and educational programs provided to underprivileged communities. Fri 7:30 p.m.-midnight.
Check out the wide range of Denver’s local arts scene at this inclusive showcase. Featured works run the gamut of media, with everything from photography to fashion to hairstyling. Bonus: Hear beats by DJ Hex and try snacks from Caveman Cafeteria. Fri 8 p.m.-midnight.
Enjoy an eclectic evening of contemporary sounds. Highlighting electronic music, this concert will feature artists using synthesizers, theremins, and even a trombone plugged into guitar pedals to create some shocking sounds. Fri 8 p.m.
No need to change into short shorts and a singlet—you can roll out of a bed and run this 5K. Sleep Tight Colorado wants you in your PJ's for its annual fundraiser. A costume contest kicks off things, and be sure to bring the dog—leashed pets can join the fun. Sat 8-10 a.m.
Test your athleticism and wit during this competitive race. Teams complete obstacles and solve clues in 10- to 30-mile on a mystery course around Denver. Start at the Downtown Aquarium, then grab a beer at the secret finish line—wherever it is. Sat 8 a.m.
Fall in step for a morning stroll that promotes the importance of walkable neighborhoods. The two-hour loop winds through the neighborhoods of Park Hill and Stapleton, passing chalk art and chances for yoga and Pilates. Sat 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Kids can celebrate comics and pop culture during this family-friendly expo. Comic book artists will man two animation stations, and youngsters can also design costumes with recycled materials. In addition, the Colorado Movie Cars organization will be on site with a fleet of famous movie car replicas. Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Two years ago, Argentina-born artist Marcela Panasiti was told she had a brain tumor. After undergoing three surgeries in six months, she began rehabilitation and threw herself back into her work. In Art from the Earth, Panasiti created adobe canvases from the red, dark brown, and white soil surrounding her Sedona, Arizona home as the foundation for abstract and contemporary murals.
All those games of cornhole at tailgates will finally pay off at this fund-raiser. The Throwdown is a fundraiser for the Cottonwood Institute, a nonprofit that connects kids with the outdoors. Participants are guaranteed three games with a four team, round-robin format. Sat 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
This festival has been showcasing top reggae artists since 1988. A quarter-century later, Bob Marley's grandson Daniel Marley leads the lineup of eight well-known reggae artists, including Matisyahu and Yellowman. Sat 1 p.m.
Race on land, race on water—the choice is yours at this annual contest benefiting the more than five million people living with AIDS in South Africa. This year, the standard half marathon and 10K runs share the schedule with two stand-up paddle boarding competitions (one or three miles). All participants can celebrate post-race with a buffet plus refreshments from Avery Brewing Company. Sun 7:15 a.m.
Heart and Sole added a stand-up paddleboard race to its annual 10 and half marathon. The SUP Cup offers a 1K novice and three-mile elite race. Sun 8:15 a.m.-noon.
Hoof it up Oh My Gawd Road during a 10K or 10-mile hill climb. The first runner to summit OMG earns the title of King or Queen of the Hill. Scenic mountain views on the way down will lift your spirits and propel you to the finish line. Sun 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Bring your kids, dogs, and strollers to this 5K, which benefits the Parkinson's Association of the Rockies. When you're done walking or running the race, snack on sandwiches during the PB&J social. Sun 9 a.m.
More than 110 local and national artists are out to sell pieces, including jewelry, paintings, photography, and more. The one rule? All pieces must be $100 or less. This includes that $1,000 sculpture you wanted last year but couldn’t afford. Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The versatile tomato has been popping up on late-summer menus around town lately. To truly appreciate the ingredient, we suggest sitting down for an entire meal based around it. Vesta Dipping Grill chef Brandon Foster explores the humble vegetable (or is it a fruit?) during this seven-course, paired dinner.
Break out those clubs and tee off. This golf tournament helps raise money for Seeds of Hope, which creates scholarships that send financially disadvantaged kids to Catholic schools. After your round, don't miss a cocktail hour, dinner, awards, and a silent auction. Mon 11 a.m.
Artists from all around the world converge on Estes Park, where they will paint in the mountains over 12 days. Plein air art lovers then have the chance to view the masterpieces at the Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park Fine Arts Gallery. The works will be on display for two months. Daily, noon-five p.m.
Check out the distinctive brand of folk rock from this trio of Swedish sisters. Self-described as "mud-country," Baskery’s guitar-driven songs are akin to the Dixie Chicks, but with some added grit. Tue 7 p.m.
A sand volleyball tournament conjures images of the beach, but this annual alpine competition draws hordes of pros, amateurs, and spectators. Nearly anyone can gather a team and sign up: Divisions cover men and women of all ages. Check in at Koch Park. Wed-Mon, times vary.
Michael McDonald has netted five Grammy Awards, numerous chart toppers, and a bevy of accolades in the last four decades. He brings his soulful style to town alongside opening act Hazel Miller Band, a soul vocal force of nature in her own right. Wed 7 p.m.
Get ready for five days of cinematic magic in the mountains. Now in its 40th year, the festival features nearly 40 movies in nine venues throughout Telluride, but the list of films is kept secret until the festival begins. Days, times vary.
Denver artist Julie Puma isn’t afraid of looking her age. In The Immortal Jellyfish, she juxtaposes our youth-centered culture with the body's natural aging process. The series of self portraits show Puma—with an exaggerated, older look—beside her still-developing 12-year-old daughter. The large-scale pieces expose the disconnect between how Puma views herself and how the world perceives her. Tue-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Check out brand new works by two local artists. Kellie Cannon’s Imagined and Observed is inspired by maps, data, and landscapes and includes paintings, prints, and drawings. Barbara Baer, known for her commissioned public projects around the world, will construct an indoor landscape based on 17th century-style gardens for her exhibit, Pleasure Ground. Thu-Sun, times vary.
You won't soon forget a performance by the Everyone Orchestra. The improvisational show, led by conductor and founder Matt Butler, encourages the musicians—and those in the audience—to just let loose.
Colorado's Western roots meet its contemporary cuisine. Take a photo with a Brahma bull or longhorn, snack on Colorado-themed appetizers and local brews, and listen to award-winning fiddler Katie Glassman. Thu 6-8 p.m.
This stylish evening celebrates local designers. Kick things off at the fashion show, where more than 25 retailers will display their fall styles on the Pearl Street Mall catwalk. Enjoy live music, food and drinks, and mini-makeovers while you shop in-store specials at individual boutiques. Sat 6-10 p.m.
Hatch, New Mexico, brings the heat during green chile season. You’ll see the bright dish accent this month, so to truly reap the benefits, learn from the pros. During this class you will practice with cornbread, gazpacho, and enchiladas recipes. Thu 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Help these two pop powerhouses kick off their co-headlining tour. Both acts are known for soaring vocals and inventive songwriting, as well as stellar live performances. Expect to hear hits like “Apologize” and “Love Song." Thu 7 p.m.
An autobiographical musical, a lyrical tour de force, a NKOTB fan’s dream come true. Call it what you want, but ex-boy-band member Joey McIntyre’s one-man show makes its premiere in Denver. The musical traces more than 30 years on stage and pays homage to the songs that inspired him. Thu-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
Ballet goes al fresco during this outdoor show. Colorado Ballet dancers will perform excerpts from both classic and contemporary works, including a sneak peek of their fall production of Giselle. Thu 7:30 p.m.
Water covers nearly three-quarters of the Earth, so it seems fitting that the stuff will be the theme of this upcoming exhibit. Juried photographs from nearly 50 artists strive to capture the liquid’s various forms and complexities. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
This long-standing festival, brimming with community pride and spirit, makes for a perfect end-of-summer celebration. Peruse offerings from more than 50 restaurants and 250 marketplace artisans and vendors across the state. While admission is free, food does cost extra. Live music and educational programs will also take place. Fri 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Mon 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
For decades, the Grant Street Art Center offered studio space, exhibits, and classes for aspiring and established artists. The building is now the home of the Art Students League of Denver, but more than 25 of the center's past members are reuniting— in person or via mixed media works— to commemorate the space they helped turn into a local arts hub. Fri 6-10 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.
This uber-popular hip-hop duo returns to the centennial State after a string of top-selling shows.Expect to hear "Thrift Shop," which earlier this year set the mark for the longest-running No. 1 rap song atop Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Fri 5 p.m.
Summer’s drawing to a close, so end it the right way: at this annual musical blowout. Touting acts from country crooner Keith Urban to rock icon Journey, you’ll see some stars at this mountain music festival. Fri 6 p.m.-Sun 10 p.m.
Chris Isaak already has 15 albums under his belt, but the best may be yet to come. This tenured rock- and-roller has said that his yet-to-be released album is the one he always wanted to make. Go hear what it’s all about. Fri 7 p.m.
This country star's smooth, bourbon-coated sound has earned him four Grammy Awards. Country group—and fellow Grammy winners—Little Big town kick off the show. Fri 7:30 p.m.
There are, perhaps, no topics more complex than love and religion. With unflinching honesty—and necessary doses of humor—this off-Broadway play breaks through these dense themes with the story of one couple’s five-year relationship. The men deal with death and loss, discovering the answers to some of life’s hardest questions along the way. Did you know: 5280's own Todd Black (pictured, left) stars in the production. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.
Facial disfigurement is no joke, but a few laughs can help combat the trauma thousands of children go through each year. The organic, locally sourced improv of the Wigs will go where the audience takes it, and proceeds will benefit children with cleft lips in developing countries. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.
Usually, multiday music events host a range of performers, but some bands are legendary enough to have three nights all to themselves. Bring your tent and bask in the glory of one of psychedelic rock's greatest bands ever for a full weekend. Fri-Sun 7:30 p.m.
Runners and ravers, rejoice: You can now do both at the same time. During this evening 5K, heart-pumping music blares throughout the course. Along the way, you’ll pass through a series of “landscapes”—anything from trees and water to buildings and tunnels—decked out in vibrant neon lights. Stick around after you cross the finish line for a pulsing dance party and light show. Tip: Wear your brightest attire and blinking lights. The louder the look, the better. Fri 8 p.m.
An introspective tiger haunts the stage in the regional premiere of Rajiv Joseph's 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist. The play, also nominated for three Tony Awards, depicts the aftermath of the war in Iraq and its effects on those who lived through it—and one who didn’t. Fri-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 6 p.m.
Browse paintings, pottery, photography, jewelry, and many other types of art. More than 100 local and international artists convene on Main Street in Breckenridge for this annual festival, which is ranked in the top 200 fine art shows in the country. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Mon 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
This true backcountry event will test your fitness level. Riders loop around Kennebec Pass, the Colorado Trail, and Dry Fork Trail just west of Durango in this multiday mountain biking race. Fri-Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Take your own little buzzing bees to this educational event to learn about pollinators' relationship with vegetables, flowers, and people. Children will learn about pollination from a bee’s perspective and taste some of the veggies that the bees help pollinate. They can also peek inside a live beehive during a presentation from on-site beekeepers. Sat 10 a.m.-noon.
Learn the do's and don'ts of stand-up from a pro. Comedian and actor Bret Ernst—known for his satirical brand of humor and appearances on Comedy Central and shows like Weeds—will share his tips to get laughs from any audience. Sat 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Squeeze in one last poolside celebration. The Hawaiian-inspired Tiki Ball recalls the island craze that swept the United States in the 1950s. And the theme is no joke: entertainment includes Polynesian fire dancing, a nine-piece Afro-Cuban orchestra, and a reenactment of Elvis Presley’s Blue Hawaii. Also enjoy authentic Polynesian food, a limbo contest—and mermaid classes for those who want to learn how to swim with the fish. Sat 4 p.m.-Sun 1 a.m.
—Image courtesy of Teryn Wilkes
Grab your glow sticks and dance the night away with a host of DJs from around the globe. With more than 10 acts playing trance and house music, you'll be sure able to get in a groove. Sat 7 p.m.
This traveling art expo brings some of Denver’s most unique artists up from the underground scene. Local, independent creatives will show off their talent in visual media, fashion design, music, and more. Bonus: Live demos let you see the creative process as it happens. 18+. Sat 8 p.m.
Young Belgian songstress Selah Sue hit it big almost by accident; while performing at clubs on weekends during high school, her fan base grew so large she caught the ear of established independent label Because Music. We get why: Sue's powerful sound—an eclectic blend hip-hop rhythms, soulful vocals, and reggae-pop influences—is contagious.